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Snow Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,669 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

Hot springs

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Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Muddy

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Snow

Washed out

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Note: When snow is present, be cautious of avalanche danger. Please check with the park page before hiking. A beautiful hike past numerous waterfalls, with an ending at a gorgeous alpine lake. The first 2 miles are direct, and the final has rock blasted switchbacks to the top of the ridge. Pay attention to signs as you need to branch right off the trail about 2 miles in. You can extend or shorten the hike by stopping right when you get to the lake or by hiking further along it. In winter, you can snowshoe here, but it will be much more difficult to find the trail.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass to park. Alpine Lakes Wilderness use permit required to enter wilderness area (free at trailhead.)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snoqualmie District (North Bend) Tel: 425.888.1421 www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 52. Left under the freeway onto Alpental Rd for 0.1 miles, Right on FSR 9040 for 1.2 miles. Parking on left, trailhead is on the right, 100' further up the road from the parking lot.

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Matthew D.
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Nicole Nordenstrom
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Cassidy Garia
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Emily User
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Even though I have done this before, the experience was different and new! We got there at 10 and it was relatively busy, parking lot maybe a little over half full (but it’s a large parking area). However, it never felt crowded, especially at the lake, where there are a multitude of places to hang out or explore. We planned to swim and brought shoes to do so but the beach that was there last time was completely covered in water. Nevertheless we did wade and people jumped in even though it was freezing.

Maggie Givens
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One of my favorite trails! The lake is very pretty and it’s good for swimming in august. Right now the snow is still melting so the lake is very cold and not good for swimming but once it warms up more its great. Went today and brought lunch to eat at the lake on the rocks. The lake is beautiful scenery for eating lunch and you can hear the waterfalls in the distance. We got to the trailhead at around 9 then got to the lake at around 11:30. We ate lunch and sat by the lake for a few hours then got back to the trailhead/parking lot by 4! Perfect for all dogs too! My year-old 6lb yorkie loved it and was able to do the whole trail.

jeremy kinnetz
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manageable hike for sure! went before sunrise this morning and no one was there. it was my first visit in 7 years and it was even better to see it first thing in the morning! watch your step on the loose rocks and waterfalls that cross the path and you'll be fine. I was going to hike down to the lake but I decided against it more because I was hungry than anything. there is some snow but much of what is on the trail in packed down and dirty from other hikers so traction was fine. :) overall ---ive always loved this hike and its just as beautiful as i remembered 5 stars note: my mom and i hit the trail head at 3 am and were coming down around 6 am. it was completely unpopulated until we started our decent. I suggest getting there early if you dont want to see many people

Vanessa Matthews
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Rough terrain at times, but the lake was gorgeous and well worth it!

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Noah Estrada
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The lake at the end is extremely worth the hike!

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Julianne Powers
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Trail was heavily trafficked when visited on first weekend in July. Great views.

Kim F
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Sarah McCurdy
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Katie Lundemo
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2nd best hike I have ever done!!!!! Bring snow clamps and hiking sticks and food to stay awhile at the top.

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Alicia Howell
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HikingBugsMuddyRockySnow

Beautiful hike

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